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New suicide hotline delivers message of hope

There is a new Central Valley suicide prevention hotline available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
(Justin Willis Reporting)

There is a new suicide prevention hotline available to Valley residents 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Hope is the message being sent with a new suicide prevention hotline now available to Valley residents 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

The hotline serves Fresno, Madera, Merced, Mariposa, and Stanislaus counties.

Volunteers want to reassure anyone who may need to call that hope is not lost. 

In 2011, there were nearly 4,000 suicides statewide, and 211 of them were in the Central Valley. 

Volunteers at Kings View Behavioral Health are hoping to reduce those numbers. 

Leon Hoover knows the pain of nearly losing someone to suicide; his daughter made an attempt when she was 18-years-old. "I literally thought she was going to die, but fortunately, we were able to get her to an emergency room," said Hoover.

Hoover doesn't want anyone else to know the pain he suffered and in January, with help from Kings View Behavioral Health Systems, he launched a local suicide prevention hotline.

Six months later, Kings View has opened a new call center with volunteers on standby to provide hope in a moment of crisis, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Volunteers have taken as many as 300 calls in one hour at the call center. 

Suicide affects everyone... but so does hope, and Hoover and his daughter know this first hand. "Today she is 31. She is completing her PhD in psychology," said Hoover.

If you think hope is lost... think again. If you need to talk to someone, call the Central Valley suicide prevention hotline at (888) 506- 5991 or the national hotline at (800) 273-8255. 

Those who would like information about volunteering at Kings View Behavioral Health can call is (559) 256-8605.
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